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SEA OF JAPAN (Sept. 1, 2008) -- Landing craft air cushion (LCAC) 63, assigned to Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 5, enters the well deck of the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) while transporting simulated evacuees from Yokosuka, Japan. At the request of the Kanagawa Prefecture Government, Essex is participating in the evacuation phase of this year's Kanagawa Prefecture Government disaster response drill. Essex is the lead ship of the only forward-deployed U.S. Expeditionary Strike Group and serves as the flagship for CTF 76, the Navy's only forward-deployed amphibious force commander. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Gabriel S. Weber (Released)

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Photo Date
Sept. 1, 2008
Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Gabriel S. Weber
Caption Writer
Oscar Sosa
Copyright Status
Public domain / free use
Service Branch
US Navy
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